Frederic S. Remington, “Against the Sunset” (1906) and “Coming to the Call” (1905)

9 Sep

Against the Sunset (1906)

Coming to the Call (1905)

Much ink has been spilled on Frederic S. Remington’s crude 19th Century jingoism and racism (directed principally at Native Americans).  In his life and in his art, the Yale-trained Remington (1861-1909) tried mightily to portray himself as a tough plains cowboy — which is pretty much exactly what he was not.  Still and all, Remington produced some great art which, at its best, immortalizes the American West, particularly in the last quarter of the 19th Century.  These two paintings, done late in Remington’s career and life, show him at his best.

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